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California—The Golden State has a style all its own. That is certainly true when it comes to calculating overtime. As one of only four states that require daily overtime, it also requires employees to be paid double time on a daily and weekly basis. With arguably the greatest number of requirements to pay overtime on the books of any state, processing payroll and keeping in compliance with California overtime rules can be a complex situation.

In addition to laws that are strictly Californian, federal wage and hour laws may also apply. For example, California’s own definition of “regular rate of pay” or “workweek” is evolving with each court case but still follows the federal standard. So, the person processing payroll in the state must understand not only California’s overtime requirements but the federal ones as well.


  • Overtime: CA has daily and weekly overtime double time. Learn how to determine when it’s straight time, overtime, or double time and how to calculate it.
  • The definition of a workweek and a workday and their effects on calculating overtime
  • Alternative workweeks: Are your employees eligible to have alternative workweeks, and are you required to offer them?
  • What are considered hours worked”?
  • How does California require employers to calculate the regular rate of pay?
  • Do the eight exceptions to the inclusion of payments in the regular rate of pay under the FLSA also apply in California?
  • Compensatory time instead of overtime—is it permitted in CA?
  • Handling make-up time properly
  • What to do when an employee is paid two or more rates in a workweek
  • Overtime for piece workers and commissioned employees
  • What is California’s policy on fluctuating workweeks and overtime pay?
  • Are meal and rest period sanctions included in the regular rate of pay? It recently changed!
  • Tip credit and compulsory service charges and their effect on overtime
  • Wage orders and their requirements for overtime
  • Overtime and agricultural workers

Why You Should Attend:

For the attendee to understand the requirements for calculating overtime and double time in California to ensure compliance with the state’s wage and hour laws. To ensure that those attending have a sound knowledge of the terms used in wage and hour law regarding paying overtime, such as “regular rate of pay”, “workweek” “fluctuating workweek” and “alternative workweek” To explain the calculations needed for when an employee is paid different rates of pay within the same workweek and is due overtime pay. To discuss the requirements for compensatory time off as opposed to make-up time and explain the difference between the two under California law. To show where California follows the federal standards, where it differs, and how to determine which has priority.

Who Should Attend:

  • Payroll Executives, Managers, Administrators, Professionals, Practitioners, and Entry-Level Personnel
  • Human Resources Executives, Managers, and Administrators
  • Accounting Personnel
  • Business Owners, Executive Officers, Operations, and Departmental Managers
  • Lawmakers
  • Attorneys/Legal Professionals

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Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, is President and Academic Director of The Payroll Advisor™, a firm specializing in payroll education and training. The company’s website www the payroll advisor com offers a payroll news service that keeps payroll professionals up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations.